S.O.S: Silence is Golden

Welcome to week 2 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

Silence is Golden
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BACKGROUND
Discovery Education contains thousands of video segments.  Some may contain just the right audio you want, others the right imagery, and sometimes times you get both.  This challenge focuses our attention on imagery.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, then just imagine how much a video is worth.  By redirecting students’ attention from the audio to the imagery and having them discuss aloud what they are seeing, educators will get an idea of what they understand, need to still master, and want to know more about.

EXAMPLE
Watch the video segment titled The Layers of the Rain Forest without the audio.  As students watch, have them describe what they are seeing or pause every minute and pose the following questions:
1) What does the position of the sun in the image tell us about the location of rain forests?
2) How does each layer of the rainforest impact the others? Adaptations? Competition?
3) What are examples of biotic and abiotic features?

CHALLENGE
Select a video segment that contains great imagery and will help convey important components of your unit of study.  Play the clip without the audio.  Have students describe what they see and/or pause every minute and pose a question for discussion.

BONUS
Play the same segment three different times during the unit of study.  The first time, ask students to think about what they see, know, and want to know more about.  The second time, narrate the video for students, focusing on important academic vocabulary that will be covered in the unit.  The third time, ask students to talk through the video and explain to a partner what the video is demonstrating using the vocabulary learned in the unit. You can also choose a video segment that is editable and have students create their own narration to record over the segment

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

For more information on how we are shining the light on digital integration through this weekly blog series click here.  So see other strategies in this series click here.

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